Person:Edmund Freeman (3)

Edmund Freeman
m. 1 Jan 1591
  1. William Freeman1590 -
  2. Ellen Freeman1592 -
  3. Edmund Freeman1596 - bef 1682
  4. John Freeman1600 - 1648
  5. Alice Freeman1601 - 1615
  6. Elinor (Eleanor) Freeman1603 - 1618
  7. William Freeman1603 - 1666
  8. Elizabeth Freeman1609 -
m. 16 Jun 1617
  1. Alice Freeman1619 - 1651
  2. Edmund Freeman, Jr1620 - bef 1703/04
  3. Bennett Freeman1622 - bef 1633/34
  4. Elizabeth Freeman1624 - aft 1692
  5. Maj John Freeman1626/27 - 1719
  6. Nathaniel Freeman1629 - 1629
m. 10 Aug 1632
  1. Mary Freeman1630-1637 - 1682
Facts and Events
Name Edmund Freeman
Gender Male
Christening[3] 25 Jul 1596 Pulborough, Sussex, EnglandSaint Mary's Church
Marriage 16 Jun 1617 Cowfold, Sussex, Englandto Bennett Hodsoll
Alt Marriage 16 Jun 1617 Billingshurst, Sussex, Englandto Bennett Hodsoll
Marriage 10 Aug 1632 Shipley, Sussex, Englandto Elizabeth Raymer
Death[3] bef. 2 Nov 1682 Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusettswill probated
Reference Number? Q5339478?
Burial[4] Saddle and Pillion Cemetery, Sagamore, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA

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Edmund Freeman (c. July 25, 1596–1682) was one of the founders of Sandwich, Massachusetts and an Assistant Governor of Plymouth Colony under Governor William Bradford.

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  1.   Pope, Charles Henry. Pioneers of Massachusetts (1620-1650): A Descriptive List, Drawn from Records of the Colonies, Towns and Churches. (Boston: The Author, 1900), 175.

    Edmund, husbandman, ae. 45, Thomas, ae. 24, Edmund or Edward, husbandman, ae. 34, Elizabeth, ae. 35, Alice, ae. 17, Edward, ae. 15, Elizabeth, ae. 12, and John, ae. 8, came in the Abigail in July, 1635. Making allowance for errors in age and the probable repetition of names, this record applies to Mr. Edmund F. and his family. He settled first at Saugus; rem. to Sandwich. [Plym. Col. Rec. I, 57.] Sold lands at Scituate 10 March, 1642, on behalf of his brother-in-law Mr. John Beauchamp, one of the adventurers of the Plymouth Colony. Frm. 7 Feb. 1636-7. Assistant. His dau. Alice m. William Paddy; Elizabeth m. John Ellis, and Mary m. Edward Perry. His wife Elizabeth d. Feb. 14, 1675.

    Will dated 21 June, prob. 2 Nov. 1682; made his three sons, Edmond and John Freeman and Edward Perrey execs. Beq. to them; to gr. sons Matthias Ellis and Thomas Paddy; to dau. Elizabeth Ellis.

  2.   user submission to

    [Trying to identify the source of this text, I found the cited website. The source of this text is not identified on the website, though it has clearly been copied from book. The reference to "my ancestor" may indicate something by Frederick Freeman or other Freeman researcher?]

    1. He had married Bennett Hodsoll (born ca 1598) on June 16, 1617 at St Peter's Church in Cowfold. She was from Cowfold. They had children: Alice, born 1618; Edmund Jr, born 1620; Elizabeth, born 1623; and John (my ancestor), born 1627, all of whom sailed across the Atlantic in July 1635 on the Abigail, arriving in Saugus, Massachusetts, now called Lynn, in October 1635.

    2. His first wife, Bennett had died and been buried in Pulborough on April 12, 1630. His daughter Bennett, baptized in 1621, had died on or before January 13, 1634; and his son Nathaniel, baptized in 1629, had died 12 days later.

    3. Edmund Freeman married a second time to Elizabeth Rayment in neighboring Shipley on August 10, 1632.

    4. These conditions, plus the inheritance received in January 1623-4, had a bearing on his decision to migrate.


    Also, he was a Puritan-a Separatist like the Pilgrims-who objected to the ways and means of the Church in England that were fostered and supported by King James I.

    5. His brother-in-law John Beauchamp, a salt merchant from London, was one of the prime financiers of the Pilgrims, Another brother-in-law. Sir Robert Rich, Earl of Warwick: (1587-1658), "whose word went a great way with the leaders of the Colony of Massachusetts" "was a British nobleman and Colonial Administrator. He organized privateering missions and colonial ventures as a Member of the Virginia Company and of the Council of the New England Company. He helped found the colonies of Plymouth (Massachusetts), Connecticut, Virginia, and Rhode Island . In 1643 Warwick was appointed the Lord High Admiral and Governor-in-Chief of all British royal colonies".

    The Edmund Freeman family lived in Saugus during 1635-6, moved to Duxbury and Plymouth in 1636-7. On March 3, 1636-7, Edmund Freeman attended a "general meeting of all accepted freemen" at Plymouth (page 28, "Sandwich"). Research identified no properties owned by him in Saugus, Duxbury, and Plymouth.

  3. 3.0 3.1 Edmond Freeman, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011).

    Baptized Pulborough, Sussex, 25 Jul 1596 [ TAG 17:88] (aged 34 or 45 in 1635 [Hotten 93, 98]), son of Edmond Freeman [Dawes-Gates 2:349].
    Death: Between 21 June 1682 (will) and 2 Nov 1682 (probate)
    Marriage: 1) Cowfold, Sussex, 16 Jun 1617 Bennett Hodsoll [TAG 17:89]. She was buried at Pulborough 12 April 1630 [Boston Evening Transcript, 1 June 1931, Note 2446]. 2) By 1635, Elizabeth _____, born about 1600 (aged 35 in 1635 [Hotten 98]). She died at Sandwich 14 February 1675/6 [SandVR 13].

  4. Edmond Freeman, in Find A Grave.

    A metal plac at his gravesite (which appears to have been added recently) reads: Edmond Freeman Born in England 1590 A founder of the town of Sandwich in 1637. Assisstant to Govornor Bradford 1640-1647 Burial: Saddle and Pillion Cemetery, Sagamore, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA

The Abigail (1635)
The Abigail sailed in the summer of 1635.
Sailed: summer 1635 from England under Master H. Hackwell
Arrived: late summer? 1635 at New England

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Mathew Abdy - William Almy family - Wm Bassett - Ruth Bushell - Dennis Geere family - Tho Goade - Henry Bullocke family - Hugh Burt family - Jo. Emerson - William and John Fuller - Jo. Harbert - Edward White family - Geo. Hadborne family - Christopher Foster family - Joseph Flood family - Henry Collins family (servant Hugh Alley) - Wm Potter family - Edmond Freeman family - Philip Drinker family - Ralph Mason family - Ralph Sheppard family - Wm Tilly - Thomas Jones family - John Winthrop and wife

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